Before, smoking is more like a status symbol. But today, it is among the most condemned habits. A lot more people hate being around smokers, and each day, more policies are created to restrict smoking and discourage the public from using cigarettes.
But smoking does have a good side – it teaches us several things about life and health. Here are 5 lessons smoking want to teach us.
Not everything pleasurable is good for your health.
Smoking may feel good for many people but it’s not worth the try. Tobacco use is among the leading causes of life-threatening illnesses such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is also linked to other health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and so much more.
If there’s a will there’s a way.
Smoking, for many people, is a hard habit to break. Nevertheless, it is not impossible to quit. Some have troubles quitting because they are not using the treatments most suitable for them while others can’t quit because they are not yet ready or they are unsure whether they really want to quit. The fear of gaining weight, feeling anxious and lonely, or missing something – all these are but excuses not to quit.
We are in control of our health.
You probably are predisposed to an illness genetically but it doesn’t mean that you no longer have the capability of preventing such disease from developing. Most causes of serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer, as well as premature death are preventable. The problem is that many people choose the path to poor health by engaging in hobbies and lifestyle routines that are bad for their health.
Self-control is vital to good health.
Smoking is a global health concern. A large body of research suggests that that although smokers may be more impulsive and take more risks, they do so even though they are fully aware of the risks involved with smoking. They are also less likely to choose long-term rewards over immediate rewards, despite the risks.
You get what you deserve.
Whatever you do with your body – whatever you eat or drink or use – they all affect your health in significant ways. Don’t expect a healthy functioning system if you are a smoker. Cigarettes contain thousands of hazardous chemicals, including carcinogens that cause cell damage, weaken your immune system, and make you more vulnerable to diseases.
They say some lessons in life are learned the hard way. The good thing is that we need not go through the same experience other people have gone through to learn what we need to learn, especially about smoking. We have heard about people whose lives have been destroyed by smoking. There’s really no good reason to begin smoking. And if you are already a smoker, realize that there are hundreds of reasons to quit.